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Paris Saint-Germain climbs to top of Ligue 1 championship odds

With superstar forward Neymar transferring from La Liga powerhouse Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for a 222 million Euro fee, les Rouges et Bleus have rocketed to the top of the Ligue 1 futures where they are set as heavy -500 betting favorites.

It remains uncertain whether Neymar will be available to join Paris Saint-Germain for Saturday’s game against Amiens SC at Parc des Princes, but even with Neymar in the lineup PSG remains a club with a lot to prove in the upcoming season.

The Parisians saw their run of four straight Ligue 1 championships halted last season with a second-place finish behind a resurgent AS Monaco squad, and once again made an early Round of 16 exit from UEFA Champions League competition.

PSG closed out the preseason with a pair of International Champions Cup losses, falling 4-2 to Tottenham Hotspur as +105 chalk and 3-2 to Serie A champions Juventus as a +220 underdog, but open their season with a favorable schedule. The Parisians are -900 favorites in Saturday’s date with newly promoted Amiens, and follow up with matches against three sides that finished well down the table last season: Guingamp, Toulouse, and Saint-Etienne.

After two straight third-place finishes, AS Monaco finally powered to the top of the Ligue 1 table for the first time since 2000, and is pegged as a +550 bet to repeat as Ligue 1 champion.

Les Monegasques also enjoyed an impressive Champions League run, reaching the semi-finals for the first time since 2004. Monaco has parted ways with playmaker Bernardo Silva, who moved to Manchester City, but the future looks bright following the signing of 18-year-old winger Jordi Mboula, who joins last season’s breakout star, 18-year-old Kylian Mbappe.

Further down the Ligue 1 championship odds, Olympique Marseille sits at +1600, followed by Olympique Lyonnais at +2500, Lille at +5000, and OGC Nice at +6600.

Marseille finished a distant fifth on last season’s Ligue 1 table, but went unbeaten in its final 11 matches of the campaign and six club friendlies during the offseason.  Lyon is coming off a roller coaster Ligue 1 campaign, during which it won a respectable 21 matches but also recorded 13 defeats to fall to fourth place following two straight runner-up finishes.

Lille finished a distant 12th last season, but is hoping its current youth movement can earn the club its first title since 2011, while Nice looks to build on last year’s third-place finish as it pursues its first Ligue 1 crown since 1959.

 

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